Belougery Spire Sunrise

Sunrise over Belougery Spire taken from the Grand High Tops of the Warrumbungles after night hike to reach this spot. First ascended by Eric Dark and Osmar White in 1932 the spire is is composed of peralkaline trachyte and was once part of a large shield volcano, that first erupted about 17 million years ago and stopped about 13 million years ago. Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, Australia. This shot taken on a Canon EOS 6D with a EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at ISO 100, 26.0 mm. f/10, 1/125s.


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There's never much time up one's sleeve with sunrises and sunsets I guess right? I'd be fumbling around and miss the best shot...Unlike you who simply nails it. :)

Night hike you say? All night or just a super early wake up?

I left at about midnight. So I guess thats half night. But all night if you consider I did not sleep at all ?

That's all night enough for me. I've had many 0200 wake ups and rarely do I sleep prior to one...Nervous energy, fear, worry, excitement...All contribute to the sleeplessness depending on the scenario. Nice snap though, and certainly looks worth some lost sleep.

Good post bro

Your Welcome friends

How was the hike in the dark? It sounds kind of dangerous in this kind of terrainb ut I have no idea if you were just walking or emulating our close relatives the mountain goats XD

Either way clearly you survived to take the spectacular shot and share it with us ;D

You get used to hiking in the dark. Just don't step onto things that remain dark when you shine your torch on them lol

If something remains dark after shining a light on it that sounds like it requires investigation if you're dumb or bailing the hell on out of there if you're not XD